Roman Polanski caught a lucky break today as he was freed from a Swiss prison.
"Mr. Polanski can now move freely," Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf declared. "He's a free man."
The Swiss government ruled that he will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.
The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said the U.S. had failed to turn over certain documents requested by the Swiss. The department also said Polanski could expect not to be arrested and deported because the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the last few years but never acted on it.
Polanski has already been released from house arrest. Talk about a lucky break for this guy. So what’s next for him? Although the U.S. cannot appeal the decision, he’s still a fugitive here in the states.
"That warrant remains outstanding," Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said, adding that Polanski could be arrested and sent back to the U.S. if he traveled to another country that has an extradition deal with the United States.
No word on what the next step will be for U.S. authorities. But we’re sure they’re not happy about this decision and will continue to try and bring Polanski to justice.
Lawyer Jon Mitchell Jackson, who is not involved with the case, tells Hollyscoop, “Roman Polanski is a fugitive and should be extradited by Switzerland to the United States. Thirty two years ago Polanski raped a child and since then, he’s used his celebrity status to make a joke of our legal system. I can’t think of one legitimate reason why this child rapist—and that what he is—should not be held accountable for his actions.”
Do you think he got off too easy?